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The Quintessential NaturalistHonoring the Life and Legacy of Oliver P. Pearson$
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Douglas Kelt and Deborah Kaspin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520098596

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520098596.001.0001

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The Bat Fauna of Costa Rica’s Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco and Its Implications for Bat Conservation

The Bat Fauna of Costa Rica’s Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco and Its Implications for Bat Conservation

La Fauna De MurciéLagos En La Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco (Costa Rica) Y Sus Implicaciones En La ConservacióN De La Quiropterofauna

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(p.303) The Bat Fauna of Costa Rica’s Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco and Its Implications for Bat Conservation
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The Quintessential Naturalist
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Robert M. Timm

Deedra K. McClearn

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520098596.003.0012

This chapter initiates a multiyear survey of bats in the reserve and the adjacent Refugio de Vida Silvestre Cueva Los Murciélagos to quantify species diversity, abundances, habitat use, seasonality, and reproduction. It addresses the following questions in surveying bats during five rainy seasons and four dry seasons from July 1999 through February 2006: Which species of bats are present in the area? Are the bat communities the same in three different habitats—coastal/inland forest, and limestone caves? Are the species diversity and abundances of bats in the rainy season similar to those in the dry season? Can seasonal patterns of reproduction be discerned? Are the species diversity and abundances of bats at Cabo Blanco (a tropical moist forest in the Holdridge Life Zone classification) similar to those in the nearly tropical dry forest at Parque Nacional Palo Verde? What are the conservation implications of the bat assemblages found in the regenerating forest?

Keywords:   bats, species diversity, abundances, habitat use, seasonality, reproduction, Cabo Blanco, Palo Verde, regenerating forest

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